Monday, January 21, 2013

USPTA Pro League from Heritage Palms to Bonita Bay

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Heritage Palms, the Lawvers and their staff did a tremendous job of hosting the most recent Fort Myers Ritzman Tennis USPTA Pro League stop. Once again several hundred spectators converged on the premises to enjoy the friendly competition among local professionals.

Remax vs. Gateway Dental (GD)
Alex Hermeto, Kerry Kendrick,
Christie Pollin & Dan Moenning
As expected, the Frank Fourgeau-led juggernaut that is Remax chugged on when it met Gateway Dental, my team, led by Shawn Hedrick. Remax swept all four matches, losing just two sets in the process. It was one of the most dominating performances of this season’s Pro League. Remax posted 7 points on the day, tying Babolat for the highest single-match point total this season.

Manuel Encalada & Luke Andreae
On Court 1, in a tightly contested affair, Manuel Encalada and Luke Andreae toppled Shawn and Ryan Sherry 7-6, 7-5. On Court 2, Frank and Corey Knapp came back from a 4-6 first set to win 6-1, 10-8 against Anthony Hatori and me.

Dan Moenning & Christie Pollin
Jorge Magalhaes and Dave Dooley of Remax took out Steve Shortridge and Ted Farah, 6-3, 6-2, on Court 3, and on the Mixed Court, after dropping their first set 5-7 to Alex Hermeto and Kerry Kendrick of GD, Dan Moenning and Christie Pollin came back to win 6-2, 10-5.

Boston Retirement Advisors (BRA) vs. Babolat
Scott Harrington & Jared Kalpin
Scott Harrington’s BRA took three of four courts and posted its highest single match total of the season, 6 points to 3 for Jeff Diggs’ Babolat. That total allowed BRA to hold onto second place by one point over Johnny Malloy’s (JM).

Tyler Owens & Denny Rager
On Court 1, Denny Rager and Tyler Owens continued their winning ways for Babolat, taking two straight sets from Scott and Jared Kalpin, 6-4, 6-3. On Court 2, 
League Commissioner Jim Katterfield teamed up with Joel Hampton to take a heartbreaker from Jeff Diggs and Tom Fisher (sub), 2-6, 7-5, 11-9, scoring 2 points for BRA. The Commish and Joel saved match point en route to that emotional victory.

Mike Barnes & Paul D'Amico
Earning another two points for BRA were Paul D’Amico and Mike Barnes on Court 3. Forming one of the strongest Court 3-teams in the League, D’Amico and Barnes took out Toni Halski and John Gillette 6-0, 6-4. 
Kim Jones & Bob Green
Bob Green and Kim Jones gave BRA another win on the Mixed Court, but it was no easy task. Erica Cossairt and Fernando Carballo (sub) took Green and Jones to a match-tiebreak before succumbing.

Elliot DeBolt & Jeremy Orme
Johnny Malloy’s (JM) vs. University Grill (UG)
Despite the absence of JM Captain Mike Curran, the team still posted 6 points to keep pace with BRA, just one point out of second. Curran’s usual partner on Court 1, Elliot DeBolt teamed with Jeremy Orme (sub) to down Sergio Rebolledo and Matt Maloney 6-3, 7-6.

Mike Lawver & Patrick Kangwa
On Court 2, in the match of the day, resurgent UG captain Mike Lawver and Patrick Kangwa battled late into the night against Todd Wise and Kevin Kearns. 
Todd Wise & Kevin Kearns

It looked good for Lawver and Kangwa after they took the first set 6-3, but Wise and Kearns battled back to take the second set in a tiebreak. Lawver and Kangwa outlasted the JM warriors, taking the match tiebreak 10-6.

Larry Gagnon & Oliver Stenger
The other dominant third-court duo, Larry Gagnon and Oliver Stenger for JM, did what they usually do: cruise to victory. They faced Mark Drons and Terry See, and took the match 6-3, 6-4. 
John Ramsey & Christyn Lucas
On the Mixed Court, John Ramsey and Christyn Lucas continued their winning ways, dispatching Tony Martin and Carolyn Lawver 6-2, 6-3 to close out the scoring for JM.

Friday's Match-ups
This coming Friday, at Bonita Bay Club, all matches will be played at 4:00pm. Remax will seek to maintain its dominance when it faces third-place JM. Chances are good that they will do so given that the first time the two played, Remax earned 2 points more than JM…and JM had a healthy Mike Curran that day! It was closer than the point total indicates though, because each team won two courts that day and three of the four matches ended in match tiebreaks. JM would have to sweep all four courts to catch the top team.

The BRA squad appear poised to cement their position in second as they take on UG, the League’s last-place team. BRA outpointed UG by 2 points last time around, winning three of the four courts. Lineups are a bit different this time around for both teams, so the result may be different.

The Babolat-GD matchup offers a chance for GD to make up some ground on the leaders, given that GD posted its best point total of the season against Babolat in Week 2. However, the odds aren’t very good for GD as Manuel Encalada, who didn’t play in the first meeting, will be playing this time on Court 1. And on Court 2, Jeff Diggs and John Jerome have been playing better than the first time around, but the same can’t be said for Anthony Hatori and me. The lineups are also a bit different, so time will tell.

As always, the action should be as hot and heavy as it has been throughout, and you know the players look forward to your presence at the best Friday evening entertainment in town…well, the best early Friday evening entertainment anyway. See you on Friday. Game, set, match…T. A.

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